Here is the chapter that we were all waiting for! I hope that you enjoy it. See you below, I dont own twilight! :-)
A Swan-Cullen Wedding:
Everything was ready for the big day; I stood in front of the mirror as my mother fixed the skirt of my dress. Then she placed my veil, underneath the butterfly comb she had given me on Christmas. I was wearing her veil, the veil that she had worn to her wedding with father and my grandmother all those years ago when she married grandpa. The photographer was snapping pictures like crazy, I didn't mind because I had requested it, I wanted every moment to be captured on camera, these pictures were the beginning of the memories of Edward and me.
Lady Angela, Rosalie, Elizabeth, and Mary Alice were also dressed and ready, they were my bridesmaids, Lady Angela being the maid of honor, and Rosalie being the matron; Alice was in charge of my train and Elizabeth was the flower girl. Prince Emmett was the best man while Edward had requested his father to be by his side at the ceremony, he had to be there anywhere because both our parents were going to participate in the ceremony.
"You look beautiful my darling girl" mother said as she finished.
"Thank you mother" I replied my voice shaky, I was very nervous, not because of the getting married part but because of all of the protocols that we had to follow, plus that I knew that the whole world was going to be watching the whole thing.
"Are you ready my lady?" Lady Cope asked me as she opened the door of my bedchambers.
"As I'll ever be" I said with a deep exhale, the photographer took a few more shots of me and my bridal party and then I went out to the hallway were Prince Emmett, father and Carlisle were waiting.
"Oh princess, you look dashing!" Carlisle explained as he kissed my cheek and bowed. I was wearing the Cullen ring he had given me, "I have a message from my son" he said to me handing me a neatly folded piece of paper.
"Can't wait to see you today, I love you very much so my Bella, One step closer to our forever.
I smiled and folded the note very small; I tucked it on my flower bouquet.
"Where is he?" I asked.
"In the car with Esme, we were just waiting for you. We shall leave now" Carlisle said.
Emmett smiled to Rosalie and followed him; they were all going with Edward. The photographer took some pictures on the outskirts of the castle, we were done fifteen minutes later, my parents and the bridal party went to get in the car, while I was riding in the convertible car behind them. Shelley helped me get my coat on before I was helped in the car. Rosalie and Angela were riding with me.
On every street there were people lined up, the royal flags had been hung on every post in the village, everyone was outside waiting to see me and my dress, there weren't any cameras there so I relaxed, smiled and waved to everyone. I got more anxious as we reached the city area, the procession will be televised from this point on, I took a breath and adjusted my coat and gloves, and the only thing visible was some skirt from the dress, my face, and hairdo. My face wasn't covered with the veil, not yet mother was going to do that before I entered the church.
The procession continued, the route we were taking had been decorated with the royal stamp and lots of flowers and garlands, the people on the sidewalks were dress according to the weather, with smiles on their faces, waving the royal flag along with the Italian and the roman flag for Edward. People from all Italy and its surroundings have gathered to witnesses the event, I was happy but worried at the same time, but as Edward kept telling me, everything was going to be alright.
After twenty more minutes, we arrived at the church, the fountain of the church plaza had petals in it and the grand screen was ready to televise the ceremony, the rows of chairs were placed for a select group of peasants from all over Italy who had been selected to be at the cathedral of Siena grounds. The rest would see it from behind the guarding rails. The paparazzi and reporters went wild at our arrival; I waved and smiled to the cameras as they got the first glimpse of me.
We were all ushered inside to the lobby of the church, we were taken to a room where I checked my makeup, hair and took off my coat, everyone got in place in the lobby while my mother gave me some more encouragement words, while we waited for Edward, his parents and the sacerdote went in, my mother was given her cue and after kissing my cheek she left to enter alone. Father came into the room and didn't say anything for a few seconds.
"Sembri molto bella mia cara, sposa più bella che abbia mai visto, oltre a tua madre, naturalmente. Ti amo così tanto e sono così orgogliosa di te. Tutto andrà bene, basta seguire i costumi che abbiamo praticato e discusso e vedrete che il tempo passerà e presto celebreremo." My father told me with a watery smile, I nodded.
"I love you daddy" I replied then took his arm and went out of the room.
We stood in front of the grand doors, the bridal party had made their entrance and Elizabeth had lined the aisle with the rose petals, Alice was behind me holding my train.
"Si prega di non farmi cadere, papà" i said in a shaken whisper.
"Mai, mia Cara" he replied with a crooked smile.
The doors were opened and all eyes turned on me as the wedding march started playing, father and I walked down the aisle at a steady pace, Alice followed us without difficulty.
I took deep breaths as I walked, I was looking everywhere but to the altar, I was so nervous, with one last breath I raised my eyes and looked at the altar and there he was; looking gorgeous on his tuxedo, his eyes shining and focused only on me; I smiled shyly as father and I took the final step and were standing in front of him.
"Who gives this woman to marry this man?" the sacerdote asked, "I do" said my father he then quickly kissed my cheek and replaced my veil, Edward took his place at my side and we both faced forward.
Edward and I sat at the decorated chairs that had been provided and we went through the customs of the mass, il omilia talked about love and matrimony god's path for life and being there for the other. A choir had been invited to sing at the ceremony so they took their part and dedicated two songs to us, then after that the ceremony started. After communion and a prayer it was time for the vows. Edward and I looked at each other a lot during the mass, he smiled and made me blush a lot, but as for now I was at peace since he was beside me, all my fears dissipated as soon as I saw him standing there ready to commit to me as I was to him.
"It is time for the vows, the rings please"
Carlisle stepped forward and opened the box with our rings, I took the Edwards ring out and held it between my fingers, and Angela had taken my bouquet away.
"Princess, repeat after me"
"Io Isabella Charlotte Marie Swan, Principessa d'Italia, si prende Lord Edward Anthony Cullen per essere mio marito, prometto di amarti con tutto il cuore, da questo momento in avanti. Prometto di essere lì in salute e in malattia, in tempi buoni e cattivi, se siamo ricchi o poveri. Prometto di essere fedele e la cura per tutto il tempo entrambi vivremo. Ti amo come non ho mai amato nessuno." I said slipping the ring on his finger.
"Lord Edward, after me"
"I Lord Edward Anthony Cullen, duca di Roma e l'Italia si prende Principessa Isabella di essere mia moglie. Faccio voto di essere al tuo fianco nel bene e nel male, in salute e malattia, se siamo ricchi o poveri, per tutto il tempo che abbiamo entrambi vivremo. Ti amo la mia bella." He said his eyes swimming with tears, a radiant and decided smile on his face, as he slipped the ring in my finger.
"Princess Isabella, do you take Lord Edward as your husband?" he asked me, without hesitating I replied, "I do"
"Lord Edward, do you take Princess Isabella as your wife?"
He smiled wider and replied, "I do, with all my heart"
There was a blessing prayer after that and then, "I declare you now married! Ladies and gentlemen I present you Princess Isabella and her husband Lord Edward" there was no kiss, not yet.
Edward and I turned to the guests and smiled, I looked at my parents, they were both smiling with joy as Edwards parents were, Lady Angela gave me my bouquet and we exited the cathedral as the choir sang a final song.
We had some pictures taken inside but it was a quick thing, then Edward and I along with the bridal party went up to the balcony of the cathedral to have the final ceremony custom made.
As soon as the doors opened the watching crowd went wild, Edward and I smiled and waved, then we were given each a dove, we released them at the same time, they flew away from the balcony, our hands and into the air gracefully, Edward then took my hand, removed my veil and looked at me in the eyes, and as carefully as ever he took my face in his hands, I took the lead and leaned in; soon enough or lips touched and we kissed.
The crowd roared with excitement as we finally kissed. We broke apart and a slight blush covered both of our cheeks, we waved to the crowd once more, and then hand in hand exited the balcony.
There were a few more pictures taken and then we all made our way to the reception, this time Edward and I would be riding in a horse drawn carriage, actually the carriage was attached to our horse, My mule/mare Bree and Edwards horse Maximus. My parents were riding in the car I came in behind us, while the rest of the bridal party and went in the limo, Edwards parents and both set of grandparents followed in another limousine. My parents were going to be behind us half of the way, then they were taking a shortcut and Edward and I would continue the journey to Rome in a route that had been traced a long time ago.
There was a lot of security detail and secret service mobilized because of all the people that were lined up in the streets. As we went on the journey we were thrown with rice and petals of roses from all colors, but mostly they were white. The love and support from the people was amazing.
The reception was taking place at Edward's villa in Rome, his parents had offered it to us, to merge both cities, they had vacated the largest part of the house and everything had been decorated according to the plan I had made with the designer and planner. We were finally in Rome, we were helped off the carriage, both Edward and I petted our horses and congratulated them for their behavior and good journey, they had been trained a little for today, they had done well.
The cocktails and antipasti were being served, Edward and I were led to the tea room where we had our own drinks and hors de' oeuvres. After that we took more pictures there and went out to the garden area to take more, forty five minutes later, it was time to go inside and start the reception officially. No one could get in without and invitation, we managed to accommodate 300 guests, there was a part of Edwards house that was massive plus the tables and chairs I selected were not that big, they were grand but didn't occupy that much space.
We were presented, Edward and I took the dance floor and the song started, Edward and I had been practicing our dance, but I was surprised when the music started and Alice and Lord Jasper started singing a beautiful song that brought tears to my eyes with every single word. Edward and I swayed to the music in a trance, Alice and Jasper had great voices.
As the song came to a close, Edward looked me in the eyes, "Ti amo la mia bella" he said as he kissed me softly. The guests started clapping and then another song started and the bridal party and rest of the family joined us, I had the chance to dance with my father and Carlisle and with Edwards's grandfather too. After that we went to our table as the hired band played a few songs, drinks were being served while this happened.
Edward and I were enthralled with the other, looking into each other's eyes, smiling like crazy and stealing a kiss or too. When the band we finished guests wet to us and congratulated us.
We took another round on the dance floor before dinner. Everything was delicious and I could see that the guests were delighted with the menu that Edward and I had selected. During dessert it was time for the toasts.
My father went first, he gave Edward and I his blessing again, and told me how much he loved me and to Edward that he was glad I had decided to marry him, because he was a good man and now that he had met him, he didn't think of anyone else better for me than him. My mother took the stand then and after a few tears she said that she loved me, that I was the light of her life and to have a happy marriage. Carlisle and Esme along with Elizabeth, Rose, and Alice welcomed me to their family again they told Edward they were proud of him and that they loved both of us. Then prince Emmett made some jokes about when I was younger and whished us a happy marriage also.
When Emmett was done, Edward stood up and took the microphone, I panicked. The room went quiet, everyone wanting to hear what he had to say.
"I wanted to say a few words too" he started.
"E 'una cosa straordinaria per incontrare qualcuno, che si può mettere a nudo la tua anima, che si accetta per quello che sei. Ho aspettato quello che sembra un tempo molto lungo, di andare oltre quello che sono, per trovare me stesso, e con Bella, mi sento come se può finalmente iniziare. Nessuna misura del tempo con te sarebbe abbastanza a lungo, consente di iniziare con sempre. Vorrei proporre un brindisi, alla mia bella moglie. Isabella, amore mio ti amo da questo giorno e per sempre, Per Principessa Isabella!"
Everyone repeated what he said last and drank; Edward then came to seat beside me and kissed my cheek. The dance floor was opened again, but this time everyone came to dance The Tarantella, this is a dance performed at wedding receptions to wish the couple a long future together. They changed sides according to the tempo of the music, it was really fun. After that everyone danced in couples while the band performed more songs.
Almost at the end of the night my parents gave me a surprise, they had booked Laura Pausini to sing, she could only do one song but that was all I asked for, I was in a cloud as I heard her sing Vivimi, it was a beautiful song.
When she was done, she congratulated Edward and I and took a picture with us. She had to leave after that, she had a flight to catch. Edward and I danced one more song before I threw the bouquet; Rosalie cached it with a furious blush as everyone looked at Prince Emmett. Then Edward did the garter throw, Emmett jumped to get it, making Rosalie blush even more.
Edward and I went to change after a drink, I took off my dress and changed it for a short green dress that I had selected weeks before the wedding, the arm in arm Edward and I went back to the reception room, we stood at the staircase and everyone was told to be careful and stand back, we were given a vase, the threw it over the rail and it landed in pieces in the floor below. The number of shards is said to predict the number of happy years the couple will have together. Our vase had broken into tiny pieces; Edward and I kissed in front of everyone one last time and then went outside to make our departure.
We didn't know where we were going for our honeymoon, but I think Edward had a clue. Our parents told us to have fun, take pictures and be careful. They all kissed our cheeks and hugged us, the girls, Rosalie and Emmett said farewell too. Edward and I got in the car holding hands while more rice was thrown our way.
I looked back at our family as the car lurched away from the villa; Edward smiled and grasped me tighter; this was the beginning of our forever…
*Sembri molto bella mia cara, sposa più bella che abbia mai visto, oltre a tua madre, naturalmente. Ti amo così tanto e sono così orgogliosa di te. Tutto andrà bene, basta seguire i costumi che abbiamo praticato e discusso e vedrete che il tempo passerà e presto celebreremo.-You look very beautiful my darling, most beautiful bride I've ever seen, besides your mother of course. I love you so much and I'm so proud of you. Everything will be fine, just follow the customs as we have practiced and discussed and you will see that time will pass and soon enough we will be celebrating.
*Si prega di non farmi cadere, papa.-Please don't let me fall, daddy
*Mai, mia Cara-Never, my dear
*Io Isabella Charlotte Marie Swan, Principessa d'Italia, si prende Lord Edward Anthony Cullen per essere mio marito, prometto di amarti con tutto il cuore, da questo momento in avanti. Prometto di essere lì in salute e in malattia, in tempi buoni e cattivi, se siamo ricchi o poveri. Prometto di essere fedele e la cura per tutto il tempo entrambi vivremo. Ti amo come non ho mai amato nessuno- I Isabella Charlotte Marie Swan, Princess of Italy, take you Lord Edward Anthony Cullen to be my husband, I promise to love you with all my heart, from this moment forward. I promise to be there in sickness and in health, in the good and bad times, whether we are rich or poor. I promise to be faithful and caring for as long as we both shall live. I love you as I've never loved anyone.
*I Lord Edward Anthony Cullen, duca di Roma e l'Italia si prende Principessa Isabella di essere mia moglie. Faccio voto di essere al tuo fianco nel bene e nel male, in salute e malattia, se siamo ricchi o poveri, per tutto il tempo che abbiamo entrambi vivremo. Ti amo la mia bella-I Lord Edward Anthony Cullen, Duke of Rome and Italy take you Princess Isabella to be my wife. I vow to be by your side in the good times and bad, in sickness and health; whether we are rich or poor, for as long as we both shall live. I love you my Bella.
*E 'una cosa straordinaria per incontrare qualcuno, che si può mettere a nudo la tua anima, che si accetta per quello che sei. Ho aspettato quello che sembra un tempo molto lungo, di andare oltre quello che sono, per trovare me stesso, e con Bella, mi sento come se può finalmente iniziare. Nessuna misura del tempo con te sarebbe abbastanza a lungo, consente di iniziare con sempre. Vorrei proporre un brindisi, alla mia bella moglie. Isabella, amore mio ti amo da questo giorno e per sempre, Per Principessa Isabella!-It's an extraordinary thing to meet someone, that you can bare your soul to, who will accept you for who you are. I've been waiting what it seems like a very long time, to get beyond what I am, to find myself; and with Bella, I feel like I can finally begin. No measure of time with you would be long enough, let's start with forever. I'd like to propose a toast, to my beautiful wife. Isabella, my love I will love you from this day and forever. To Princess Isabella!
I took some information from a wedding website for the ceremony and reception customs. ( .com)
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